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Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 1:45pm
I doubt if the people voting UKIP look beyond their proposals on immigration. Hopefully some greater exposure of UKIP to TV debate programmes will expose their (in my opinion) lack of credibility

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 1:17pm
Thanks for the information and links, I was planning on starting about 20th May as I was then going to head down through Norway afterwards so wanted to start early is in the season for good enough weather for the rest of the trip.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 1:15pm
tim_f wrote:I use T mobile UK PAYG (EE have some thing similar) -

EURO - Internet Travel Booster 200MB
200MB OF DATA TO USE FOR 7 DAYS
200MB
£12
EURO - Internet Travel Booster 500MB
500MB OF DATA TO USE FOR 7 DAYS
500MB
£25

which works out at 6 or 5 pence a MB.
Problem is the definition of "europe"


For a week away in Iceland, the cost for 50 Mb data per day and roaming is almost £50

I can get a Simmin card with similar for less than £15

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 1:04pm
young lad (with his mates) called my red bib longs 'schwag' yesterday, actually wrong use of the urban word but I knew what he meant, interacted with him and asked them if they cycled to school. It's far too easy for 'adults' to take the way some kids speak as being agressive when it is often just the way they speak between themselves and indeed wanting to impress their mates. Just interacting normally and most are quite happy to enter into a conversation (if not usually brief..lol)

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 12:58pm
My understanding is the red book is a cut down and simplified version of Chapter 8. The code of practice status means "follow this guidance and you'll be compliant with the law".

Regarding signing of cycling diversions, it's difficult to arrange for diversion of only part of the traffic - espicially as there are very few cycling specific "prescribed" signs. Signs without specific wording have no legal validity - important for local authorities defending themselves from armies of no win no fee lawyers.

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 12:28pm
I don't mind in the circumstances where there clearly isn't space to cater for everyone. I have always found it frustrating, however, when cyclists have clearly not even been considered, or haven't been considered until the last moment.

I came across this all the time on rural lanes in Essex, when diversion signs were put up. Often, but not always, it was safe for cyclists to continue, and only motorists needed to divert. Most of the time the only way cyclists could tell was to try it and see. It would have been nice, just once, to see 'cyclists may proceed with caution' , 'cyclists may be required to dismount', or a diversion just for cyclists. I mostly just carried on past diversion signs, and if I can to place where people were working, I'd wait until they noticed me & gave an indication of whether it was safe to proceed. Of the hundreds of times I did this, I can only recall being told once that I was not permitted to go through. And then, there was bridleway that was a better alternative than the signed diversion. But I knew that because I had used it before. Someone who didn't know the area wouldn't have known. Even with a map, it's hard to know if such things are useable by cyclists.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 12:07pm
http://www.svenska-cykelsallskapet.se/p ... 08156.html
https://swedenbybike.com/
A list of links relating to cycle touring, mostly in Swedish, but there's always Google translate http://www.cykelframjandet.se/Cykelfr%C ... urism.aspx

Wild camping is relatively easy in Sweden. There is allemannsretten / offentlig rätt which is a right of public access and means that you can camp nearly anywhere, as long as you observe certain rules:
-do not camp on land that is cultivated or grazed
-do not camp within 150 m of a dwelling (the rule of thumb is out of sight, but that isn't always possible on uneven ground)
-be careful with fire, and do not light ground fires when a ban is in place (local authorities can impose these, so i seems dry, it's best to check the rules with tourist information)
-clean up after yourself (leave it as you found it)
-do not stay too long in one place (I'm not aware that there is anything definitie on this. A few days ia okay. A few weeks is not)

edit: just saw you are planning to go in May.... in the north, mountain passes may not yet be open in May, so check before you travel, or consider alternate routes.

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 12:04pm
The "red book" is rather like the highway code in that it is an explanation of the implementation of the provisions of the New Roads and Street Works Act. However if works aren't laid out in accordance with this the contractor could find themselves with an FPN The Traffic Signs Manual is, basically, a list of approved signs and where they should be used.

Frustrating as it may be the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and cyclists are still, sadly, the few

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 11:52am
james01 wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/11361505/Ban-the-jobless-from-driving-to-ease-congestion-Ukip-candidate-says.html

Not really a surprise considering the calibre of the typical UKIP candidate.
And we now find that a senior UKIP Official from their National Executive Council says that the NHS is a complete waste of money (remembering that Farange also thinks the NHS should to a private insurance funded health service).

What is surprising is that people (even people contributing to this forum) actually vote for these people. So cyclists to get off roads onto pavements, NHS "a complete waste of money", etc.

I would be interested to hear how those voting for them support such principles.

Ian

Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 11:45am
I'm looking at going touring in Sweden starting in Gothenberg and heading north towards the North Cape, I was planning on starting at the end of May and was wanting any advice on routes in particular as in the south there seem to be quite a lot of roads but heading further north it looks like either the coast road or through the centre of Sweden and unsure as to which would be best or if there are any long distance cycle paths that go the right way.

I'm planning on mostly wild camping where possible and any advice on how much touring in Sweden costs roughly would be great.

Thanks
Andy

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 11:39am
If you are European country hopping but also spending time in France, a "Joe Mobile" SIM may be the best deal. They are the French version of giffgaff where you can switch on/off your service on a month by month basis. Their best deal is €20/month and includes lots of data and free calls including to UK landlines. But it gets better. There is a "Mode Europe" where you can use the allowance from the monthly package in other European countries for €2/day. Much better value than paying o2 £2/day for 15Mb!

And it gets even better. Each year you get 10 days free "Mode Europe" so if you're only outside France for a few days it won't cost you a penny.

Given the cost of buying SIMs/data packages abroad if you are visiting 2 or 3 countries in a short period of time it should work out cheaper than a country specific SIM and gives you loads more data/calls than roaming on a UK SIM.

Although SIMs are only sold in France a bit of googling should find you someone willing to ship one to the UK.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 11:33am
Postboxer wrote:But we want the motorists who want us off the road, off the road too.
Only in the same way we want gun toting maniacs off the streets

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 10:32am
Leave yourself a little time to wander around Hay on Wye, especially if you like cafes and bookshops.

http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 9:43am
Id second the suggestion of St. Fagans, and would throw in the suggestions of the Castle (and castle Coch which you'll pass on the route in, the bay is nice, and if you've got time the museum is supposedly great (lived in Cardiff for 10 years and never went in so honestly cant say myself!). Other than that, if you just go for a wander round the centre make sure to head to the Victorian shopping arcades rather than the big modern ones. Much more interesting shops and much nicer looking. I particularly like getting a capital hogie from the New York deli in the high street arcade. Troutmark second hand bookshop is a bit of an Aladdin's cave as well.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 8:38am
gplhl wrote:It works out cheaper in the long run to get a new sim in each country if your going to use the phone. Especially lots of data.

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

I'm wondering if this will be the solution quite soon though:

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/mar/16/legislation-abolish-roaming-charges-european-parliament

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

CTC Forum - MTB - 25 January 2015 - 1:22am
The biggest problem seems to be they don't make it for a 29er, otherwise i'd have these for my briddleway winter hack.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

CTC Forum - MTB - 25 January 2015 - 1:16am
Unless you want to ride off road & on mountains or trail centres you just don't need a 2grand bike. I ride to work (sustrans route down an old railway line and country lane with cattle grids, mud etc on a heavy ridgid 26 inck wheel bike, with frount 7 rear racks, it copes with most things. I also ride "proper" moutain bikes, I completed last years Mountain Mayhem 24 hour solo race on a steel framed Jamis Dragon, that i bought 2nd hand on Ebay for less than 400 quid, I used the same bike for last years "rough ride" and have now entered another 24 hour solo MTB event (the TwentyFour12) where I plan to use the same bike. I also run a aluminium frames 29 hardtail (which cost less than £300 to build up using a 2nd hand One On frame). and for more serious stuff an full sus 29er, which as an ex demo bike cost a grand, (I've propbably spent another £500 on upgrades, but its more bike than i really need for most trail centre red routes). Don't be fooled into thinking you need to buy the overprice bikes & kit the mountain bike mags try to sell you. Even brand new you can buy a nice hardtail that will do everything you want for well under a grand.

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 1:10am
Cycle in stiff MTB shoes with cleats so like something else. Very light fell running shoes mean I have some thing for going up mountains in. Happy to carry them to have a spare pair of shoes to reduce chance of getting main pair wet when hill going. If not hills then Crocs copies as they are even lighter and pink.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 12:59am
Medway already has one elected UKIP MP. His constituency is single figure miles from me.

He attracted 42% of the votes cast, turnout was a shade over 50% so that's about 21% of the overall electorate.

Would 1 in 5 of the local motons prefer me to be on the pavement? I expect the proportion could be higher .

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 January 2015 - 11:56pm
I am happy to say that I commute by bike in the Charnwood area and I can vouch for the fact that this UKIP twit's views on cycling at least do not match the opinions of the majority, at least in my experience.
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